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Collection of Poems Written in Running Script by the Wen Family
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This collection of poems written in running script is a masterpiece by Wen Zhiming, Wen Peng and Wen Jia from the Ming Dynasty. Separated by “Ge Shui” (lines of silk), the works are arranged according to the age of the author, with the father’s first, and are divided into three sections. Wen Zhiming’s brushwork is the finest; the entire work is well organized with strokes that take on a life of their own. Vigor flows through the lines, yet delicacy is also present. Wen Peng’s calligraphy is exuberant and has a steady rhythm. Wen Jia’s work shows his carefree yet disciplined hand. This collection fully displays the superior calligraphy skills of the Wen family, and is a rare chance for one to see all three masters’ work together.

History of the Object
1. Wen Zhiming’s writings are two seven-character octave poems in running script jointly entitled “Two Poems written while climbing Jun Mountain with Li Ling”. Thus, these works were written when the author climbed heights and viewed the land below, showing his desire for a refined life free from worldliness through his description of the breathtaking landscape he sees. Signed “I present this to Lu Shidao”. There is no personal seal. On the left and right lower corners there are seven square seals of “Ting”, “Jian”, “Wu Ting Zhi Yin”(Seal of Wu Ting), ‘’Jian Hou Zeng Guan“(Viewed by Jian Hou) and “Langxie Wang Shibao”. 2. Wen Peng’s works are four five-character octave poems, respectively “Visiting a Friend on the Seventh Day of the Month of the Lunar Calendar”, “Welcoming Spring and Viewing Snow on the Eighth day of the First Month of the Lunar Calendar”, “Visiting a Friend in Dongjiao on a Spring Day” and “Waiting for a Friend who Did Not Come”. The calligraphy is signed “September 20th, 1551. The poem on the right was written last year for record. Wen Peng of Sanqiao.” There is a seal in “bai” font bearing “Wen Peng Zhi Yin”(Seal of Wen Peng), and two square seals in Zhu font bearing “Wen Shou Sou”(Old Gentleman Wen Shou). 3. Wen Jia’s works are four poems: “Guo Jianquan Officially Disgraced in Yongan”, “Visiting Yuanshang Ren in YuebaiZhai with Dong Ziyuan and Zhu Changqin”, “Written when crossing Tai Lake” and “Ode to Two Pines”. These poems have no explicit connection to each other, and are copies of calligraphy the writer has done before. It is signed “November 21st, 1551, trying out Lu Zixin and Bai Tiantong’s brush under lamplight. Wen Jia.” A seal in “zhu” font says “Wen Jia Xiu Cheng” (Xiu Cheng being a title of the writer). In the lower right corner are two seals in Bai font: “Wen Shi Xiu Cheng” (Wen Family, Xiu Cheng) and “Wen Jia”.

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Type
Calligraphy 
Materials
Paper 
Measurements
Width Wen Zhiming:92 cm;Wen Peng: 130.7 cm;Wen Jia:129cm Length Wen Zhiming: 22.8 cm;Wen Peng: 27 cm; Wen: 27 cm  
Creator name
Wen Zhiming, Wen Peng, Wen Jia 
Creator date
Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
14th Century - 17th Century; Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) 
Function
Artwork 
Acquisition
Collected 
Copyright
The Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region 
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Owner
The Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region 
Museum
The Museum of Guang Xi Zhuang Autonomous Region 
Credit line
The Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region 

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